1963 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 WTEV (now WLNE) TV channel 6 in Providence RI begins broadcasting
  • Jan 3 WOUB TV channel 20 in Athens, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Jan 6 "Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom" with Marlin Perkins begins on NBC
  • Jan 24 Buddy Rogers & Lou Thesz wrestle in Toronto, Rogers becomes WWF wrestling champ & Thesz becomes NWA champion

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 14 "8½" film directed by Federico Fellini, starring Marcello Mastroianni and Claudia Cardinale, is released (Academy Awards Best Foreign Language Film 1964)

Film director, Scriptwriter Federico Fellini
Film director, Scriptwriter
Federico Fellini

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 5 20th Golden Globes: "Lawrence of Arabia", Gregory Peck, & Geraldine Page win

Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
Actor Gregory Peck
Actor
Gregory Peck
Actress Geraldine Page
Actress
Geraldine Page
  • Mar 15 WFAN TV channel 14 in Washington, D.C. (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 18 WGSF TV channel 31 in Newark, OH (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 25 KWHY TV channel 22 in Los Angeles, CA (IND) begins broadcasting
  • Mar 29 Final episode of soap opera "Young Doctor Malone"
  • Apr 1 Soap operas "General Hospital" & "Doctors" premiere on ABC TV

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 8 35th Academy Awards: "Lawrence of Arabia", Anne Bancroft & Gregory Peck win

Actor Gregory Peck
Actor
Gregory Peck
Actress Anne Bancroft
Actress
Anne Bancroft
Soldier and Writer T. E. Lawrence
Soldier and Writer
T. E. Lawrence
  • Apr 20 10th National Film Awards (India): "Dada Thakur" wins the Golden Lotus
  • May 7 Bruno Sammartino becomes WWF champ

Music awardsMusic Awards

May 15 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet
  • May 17 Bruno Sammartino beats Buddy Rogers in NY, to become WWF champ

  • May 23 NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000
  • May 23 16th Cannes Film Festival: "The Leopard" directed by Luchino Visconti wins the Palme d'Or

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 26 15th Emmy Awards: "The Dick Van Dyke Show", E G Marshall & Shirley Booth win

Actress Shirley Booth
Actress
Shirley Booth
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jun 9 Barbra Streisand appears on "Ed Sullivan Show"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film release premierFilm Premier

Jun 12 "Cleopatra" directed by Joseph Mankiewicz and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton premieres in NYC, then most expensive film ever made

  • Jun 21 13th Berlin International Film Festival: "The Devil" and "Bushido: The Cruel Code of the Samurai" win the Golden Bear (tie)
  • Jun 24 1st demonstration of home video recorder, at BBC Studios, London
  • Jul 15 KAIT TV channel 8 in Jonesboro, AR (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 1 WQAD TV channel 8 in Moline, Illinois (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Aug 9 Britains rock TV show, Ready Steady Go, premieres
  • Aug 24 24th Venice Film Festival: "Hands Over the City" directed by Francesco Rosi wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 2 CBS & NBC expand network news from 15 to 30 minutes
  • Sep 7 WCTI TV channel 12 in New Bern, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 12 WHYY TV channel 12 in Wilmington, DE (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 15 WNTV TV channel 29 in Greenville, SC (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 16 "The Outer Limits" premieres on ABC-TV
  • Sep 16 WVAN TV channel 9 in Savannah, GA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 17 "The Fugitive" starring David Janssen premieres on ABC TV
  • Sep 23 WMEB TV channel 12 in Orono, ME (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Sep 28 "King Leonardo" cartoon last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "New Phil Silvers Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 28 "Shari Lewis Show" last airs on NBC-TV
  • Sep 28 "Tennessee Tuxedo" cartoon debuts on CBS-TV

Appears on tv showTelevision Debut

Sep 29 "Judy Garland Show" debuts on CBS-TV

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Sep 29 "My Favorite Martian" starring Ray Walston, debuts on CBS-TV
  • Sep 29 "Tom Jones" film based on the novel by Henry Fielding, directed by Tony Richardson, starring Albert Finney and Susannah York premieres at the Venice Film festival (Best Picture 1964)
  • Oct 6 Barbra Streisand appears on "Judy Garland Show"

Film release premierFilm Premier

Oct 10 "From Russia With Love" 2nd James Bond film based on a novel by Ian Fleming, starring Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi, premieres in London

  • Oct 14 WGHP TV channel 8 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (ABC) begins
  • Oct 20 WITV TV channel 7 in Charleston, South Carolina (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • Nov 7 Carole Joan Crawford, 20, wins Miss World
  • Nov 7 First use of the instant replay machine invented by CBS in US Army vs Navy football game
  • Nov 28 WHNT TV channel 19 in Huntsville, AL (CBS) begins broadcasting

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 18 "The Pink Panther" film premieres directed by Blake Edwards and starring Peter Sellers and David Niven with theme by Henry Mancini

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
Composer and Conductor Henry Mancini
Composer and Conductor
Henry Mancini
Actor David Niven
Actor
David Niven

Film release premierFilm Release

Dec 20 "Contempt" film directed by Jean-Luc Godard, starring Brigitte Bardot and Jack Palance, is released

Actress and Model Brigitte Bardot
Actress and Model
Brigitte Bardot
  • Dec 25 Walt Disney's "The Sword in the Stone" is released
  • Dec 30 "Let's Make A Deal," debuts on NBC-TV
  • Dec 31 Dear Abby show premieres on CBS radio (runs 11 years)

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 209

  • Jan 3 Vic Grimes, American professional wrestler, born in NYC, New York
  • Jan 3 Jerome Young, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 4 Dave Foley, actor and comedian (Kids In The Hall, Dave Nelson on NewsRadio)
  • Jan 11 Jason Connery, actor (Robin Hood), born in London, England
  • Jan 12 François Girard, French-Canadian film director and screenwriter

Person of interestSteven Soderbergh

Jan 14 Steven Soderbergh, American producer, director, writer (Ocean's Eleven, Traffic), born in Atlanta, Georgia

  • Jan 16 James May, English television presenter
  • Jan 20 James Denton, American actor
  • Jan 23 Gail O'Grady, actress (Hitman, Nobody's Perfect, NYPD Blue), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jan 29 Bob Holly, American professional wrestler
  • Jan 31 John Dye, Amory Mass, actor (Andrew-Touched by an Angel)
  • Feb 2 Stephen McGann, actor (Catherine the Great), born in Liverpool, England
  • Feb 5 Steven Shainberg, American film director
  • Feb 9 Madusa Miceli, [Debra Ann], wrestler (WCW), born in Milan, Italy
  • Feb 10 Philip Glenister, British Actor (Outkast, Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes), born in Harrow, Middlesex, England
  • Feb 13 Roberta Vasquez, US actor and model (November, 1984), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 14 Zach Galligan, American actor (Gremlins), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 14 Enrico Colantoni, Canadian actor
  • Feb 17 Dan Reed, rocker/actor (HOTS, Lake Consequence)
  • Feb 17 Larry the Cable Guy [Daniel Lawrence Whitney], American comedian (Blue Collar Comedy Tour), born in Pawnee City, Nebraska
  • Feb 19 Jessica Tuck, American actress (Megan-1 Life to Live), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 20 William Baldwin, NY, actor (Backdraft, Sliver, Flatliners)
  • Mar 1 Maurice Benard, actor (Sonny Corinthos-General Hospital)
  • Mar 2 Suzette Charles, NJ, replaced Vanessa Williams as Miss America (1983)
  • Mar 3 Jacqueline Sheen, playmate (July, 1990), born in Dallas, Texas
  • Mar 3 Sophia Aliberti, Greek actress and TV presenter
  • Mar 4 Janey Lee Grace, English singer, author, television presenter and radio disc jockey
  • Mar 4 Daniel Roebuck, US actor, born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
  • Mar 6 Suzanne Crough, American child actress (The Partridge Family), born in Fullerton, California (d. 2015)
  • Mar 6 D.L. Hughley, American comedian and actor
  • Mar 7 Bill Brochtrup, American actor
  • Mar 10 Jasmine Guy, actress (Whitley-Different World), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Mar 11 Alexandra "Alex" Kingston, British actress (Doctor Who, ER, The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders), born in Epsom, Surrey, England
  • Mar 12 Julia Campbell, Huntsville Ala, actress (Opportunity Knocks)

Person of interestKevin Smith

Mar 16 Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (Ares-Hercules), born in Auckland, New Zealand (d. 2002)

  • Mar 17 Rebeca Arthur, actress (Mary Anne-Perf Strangers, Opposites Attract)
  • Mar 17 Alex Fong Chung-Sun, Chinese actor
  • Mar 18 Vanessa L Williams, Millwood NY, Actress, singer and 1st African American Miss America (1983)
  • Mar 20 Kathleen "Kathy" Ireland, American model and actress (Alien From LA, Side Out), born in Glendale, California
  • Mar 20 Manabu Suzuki, Japanese racing driver and broadcaster

Person of interestDavid Thewlis

Mar 20 David Thewlis, English actor (Remus Lupin-Harry Potter series), born in Blackpool, Lancashire

  • Mar 26 Paul de Leeuw, Dutch TV host (Cry of the Lion)
  • Mar 26 Amparo Larrañaga, Spanish actress

Person of interestQuentin Tarantino

Mar 27 Quentin Tarantino, American director and screenwriter (Pulp Fiction), born in Knoxville, Tennessee

Film Director & Screenwriter Quentin Tarantino
Film Director & Screenwriter
Quentin Tarantino
  • Mar 27 Xuxa [Maria da Graca Meneghel], Brazilian actress (Xuxa Park), born in Santa Rosa, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
  • Mar 31 Paul Mercurio, Australian actor/dancer
  • Apr 2 Karl Beattie, English television director and producer (Most Haunted), born in Guildford, Surrey
  • Apr 4 Anthony Clark, American actor and comedian (Boyd Pritchett-Boston Common), born in Lynchburg, Virginia

Person of interestGraham Norton

Apr 4 Graham Norton [Graham Walker], Irish comedian and TV presenter, born in Dublin

TV Host and Comedian Graham Norton
TV Host and Comedian
Graham Norton
  • Apr 9 Joe Scarborough, American television personality
  • Apr 11 Eddy Moya, actor, born in El Paso, Texas
  • Apr 16 Nick Berry, Britain, actor (Wicksy-EastEnders)
  • Apr 17 Joel Murray, American actor

Person of interestConan O'Brien

Apr 18 Conan Chris O'Brien, American TV host (Late Night), born in Brookline, Massachusetts

TV Host Conan O'Brien
TV Host
Conan O'Brien
  • Apr 18 Eric McCormack, Canadian-American actor (Will & Grace), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Apr 21 John Cameron Mitchell, American actor (Misplaced, Band of the Hand), born in El Paso, Texas
  • Apr 21 Roy Dupuis, Canadian actor
  • Apr 22 Sean Lock, British comedian and actor (British Comedy Award, 2000), born in Chertsey, Surrey

Person of interestJet Li

Apr 26 Jet Li [Li Lianjie], Chinese Singaporean actor and martial artist (Romeo Must Die, Unleashed), born in Beijing, China

Chinese Actor and Martial Artist Jet Li
Chinese Actor and Martial Artist
Jet Li
  • Apr 27 Schae Harrison, American actress (Darla-Bold & Beautiful), born in Anaheim Hills, California
  • Apr 27 Cali Timmins, Canadian actress (Ryan's Hope), born in Montreal, Quebec
  • Apr 27 Russell T. Davies, Welsh TV writer and executive producer (Doctor Who, Queer as Folk), born in Swansea, Wales
  • May 2 Brian Tochi, American actor (Dr Alan Poe-St Elsewhere, Renegades), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 3 Jamie Reeves, British coal miner, strongman and professional wrestler (1989 World's Strongest Man), born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
  • May 5 Heidi Kozak, American actress

Person of interestNatasha Richardson

May 11 Natasha Richardson, English actress (Gothic, Handmaid's Tale), born in London, England

  • May 11 Masatoshi Hamada, Japanese comedian
  • May 11 Roark Critchlow, actor
  • May 12 Vanessa A. Williams, American actress (Rhonda Blair-Melrose Place), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 15 Grant Herslov, actor (Wayne-Spencer, Under One Roof), born in Los Angeles, California
  • May 16 Mercedes Echerer, Austrian actress and politician
  • May 20 Brian Nash, actor (Joel-Please Don't Eat Daisies), born in Glendale, California
  • May 24 Gene Anthony Ray, dancer/actor (Leroy-Fame), born in Harlem, New York
  • May 25 Mike Myers, Canadian comedian (SNL, Wayne's World) [or Jun 25]
  • May 26 Charles Van Eman, Pitts, actor (Charlie-All My Children, Dynasty II)
  • May 29 Lisa Whelchel, actress (Blair-Facts of Life), born in Fort Worth, Texas
  • May 29 Tracey E Bregman, actress (Lauren-Bold & Beautiful, Days of Our Life), born in Munich. Germany
  • May 30 Lynda Wiesmeier, playmate (Jul, 1982), born in Washington, D.C.
  • May 30 Sally Dyvenor [Whittaker], English actress (Coronation Street), born in Middleton, Lancashire, England
  • Jun 3 Toshiaki Karasawa, Japanese actor
  • Jun 6 Jason Isaacs, English actor

Person of interestJohnny Depp

Jun 9 Johnny Depp, American actor (21 Jump Street, Pirates of the Caribbean), born in Owensboro, Kentucky

  • Jun 10 Jeanne Tripplehorn, American actress
  • Jun 12 Tim DeKay, American actor (White Collar), born in Lansing, New York
  • Jun 12 Jerry Lynn, American professional wrestler, born in Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Jun 12 Johnny Weiss, American professional wrestler (Johnny Hotbody), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Person of interestHelen Hunt

Jun 15 Helen Hunt, American actress (Mad About You, As Good as it Gets), born in Los Angeles, California

Actress Helen Hunt
Actress
Helen Hunt
  • Jun 15 Blanca Portillo, Spanish actress
  • Jun 16 Jim Fullington, American professional wrestler
  • Jun 16 Scott Alexander, American screenwriter
  • Jun 17 Greg Kinnear, actor/talk show host (Talk Soup, Sabrina, Later)
  • Jun 20 Don West, American professional wrestling announcer
  • Jun 22 John Tenta, Canadian professional wrestler (d. 2006)
  • Jun 25 John Benjamin Hickey, American actor (Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen), born in Plano, Texas
  • Jun 30 Rupert Graves, English actor (Handful of Dust, Maurice, Sherlock), born in Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
  • Jul 2 Mark Kermode, British film critic
  • Jul 5 Edie Falco, American actress
  • Jul 5 Russ Lorenson, American singer and actor
  • Jul 9 Pamela Annette Sanders, playmate (November, 1985), born in Miami, Florida
  • Jul 11 Lisa Rinna, American actress (Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place), born in Medford, Oregon

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 12 Actor and comedian Bob Newhart (33) weds Virginia "Ginnie" Quinn

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 Filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola (23) weds documentary filmmaker Eleanor Jessie Neil (26) in Las Vegas, Nevada

HeartWedding of Interest

Mar 21 Singer and actress Barbra Streisand (20) marries actor Elliott Gould (24)

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 6 Actress Anita Ekberg (31) weds actor Rik Van Nutter (33) in Lugano, Switzerland

Actress Anita Ekberg
Actress
Anita Ekberg

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 1 Actor Rod Taylor (33) weds model Mary Hilem (25) at Westwood Community Methodist Church in Hollywood

Actor Rod Taylor
Actor
Rod Taylor

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 14 "The Golden Girls" actress Betty White (41) weds "Password" game show host Allen Ludden (45) at the Sands Hotel-Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada

Actress and Comedian Betty White
Actress and Comedian
Betty White

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 8 Academy Award-winning actress Geraldine Page (38) weds actor Rip Torn (32) in Pinal, Arizona

HeartWedding of Interest

Oct 26 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (30) weds director-producer William Asher (42) in El Paso, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 10 Actress Doris Roberts (33) weds novelist William Goyen (48)

Actress Doris Roberts
Actress
Doris Roberts

HeartWedding of Interest

Nov 12 Singer and actor Robert Goulet (30) weds actress Carol Lawrence (31)

American Singer and Actor Robert Goulet
American Singer and Actor
Robert Goulet

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 2 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • Jan 2 Jack Carson, Canadian-American actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), dies at 52
  • Jan 21 Al St John, actor (Law & Order, Devil Riders), dies at 70
  • Jan 26 Ole Olsen, American comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • Jan 27 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Feb 2 Herman Bouber, Dutch actor and playwright (Sailor's Wives), dies at 77
  • Feb 2 William Gaxton, American actor (Destry, Convoy), dies at 72
  • Feb 8 George Dolenz [Jure Dolenc], Italian actor (Scared Stiff, Count of Monte Cristo), dies from a heart attack at 55
  • Feb 18 Monte Blue, American silent film actor (Apache), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Feb 28 Theodore Newton, American actor (Voltaire, Ace of Aces), dies at 58
  • Mar 5 Cyril Smith, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Sir Lancelot), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 18 Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • Apr 4 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco, Isle of the Dead), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Apr 30 Bryant Washburn, American actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), dies at 74
  • May 6 Monty Wooley, American actor (The Bishop's Wife, The Man Who Came to Dinner), dies at 74
  • May 26 Sharon Lynn, actress (Way Out West, Big Broadcast), dies at 53
  • Jun 3 Paul Maxey, American actor (The Narrow Margin, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Jun 7 ZaSu Pitts, American actress (Life With Father, Dames, Wedding March), dies at 69
  • Jun 10 Anita King, actress (Tender Loving Care), dies of heart attack at 74
  • Jun 17 John Whiting, British actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), dies of cancer at 45
  • Jun 18 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (From Russia With Love, Fort Apache), commits suicide at 51
  • Jun 20 Gordon Jones, American character actor (The Green Hornet, Flying Tigers, Abbott & Costello), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jun 20 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 64
  • Jul 4 Grant Richards, actor (Doug-Doorway to Danger), dies at 48
  • Jul 9 Frank Mayo, American silent screen actor (Burning Gold, Hell's Headquarters), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Jul 10 John Sutton, British actor (The Three Musketeers, Tower of London, Return of Fly), dies of heart attack at 54
  • Aug 6 Tom Keene, American actor (Our Daily Bread), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 17 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 26 Larry Keating, actor (George Burns Show, Roger-Mr Ed), dies at 67
  • Sep 3 Cruys Voorbergh [Ernest Pieter Coningh], Dutch actor and director (De vliegende Hollander , Flying Dutchman), dies from cardiac arrest at 64
  • Sep 6 Margarita Sierra, actress (Surfside 6), dies after heart surgery at 26
  • Sep 15 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane, Moon Over Manhattan), dies at 69
  • Oct 7 Grace Darmond, silent screen actress (Below the Surface), dies at 69
  • Oct 7 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), dies from an internal hemorrhage at 63
  • Oct 24 Beverly Wills, actress (Beverly-I Married Joan), dies at 29
  • Oct 29 Adolphe Menjou, actor (Front Page, Star is Born), dies at 73
  • Oct 31 Henry Daniell, British actor (The Great Dictator, Camille, Philadelphia Story, Body Snatchers), dies at 69
  • Nov 21 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), dies from a brain tumor at 71
  • Nov 28 Fred Uttal, TV host (QED), dies at 55
  • Nov 28 Karyn Kupcinet, American actress (Carol-Gertrude Berg Show), murdered at 23
  • Dec 2 Sabu [Dastagir], Indian actor (The Thief of Bagdad, Elephant Boy, Drum), dies of a heart attack at 39
  • Dec 12 Yasujiro Ozu, Japanese film director (b. 1903)
  • Dec 13 Stan Jones, American songwriter, composer and actor (Rio Grande, The Sheriff of Cochise), dies of cancer at 49
  • Dec 26 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies